Palau de la Música Catalana. Barcelona, Spain

If you like architecture and are a classical music lover, then this concert hall in the heart of Barcelona is a must see.  


Musica Catalana.  

While the rest of us were focused on the famed Gaudi sites, the popular Gothic Quarter, Picasso Museum and Buqueria Market, our daughter Rani who plays the cello was most excited about seeing the Palau de Musica Catalana.  


What an unexpected treat this concert hall turned out to be! The Pulau de Musica Catalana may not be Gaudi or Picasso but is a worthwhile “off the beaten path” visit in the heart of Barcelona.


A departure from the famed Gaudi style of architecture Palau de Musica Catalana is a concert hall that was designed and managed by Gaudi’s contemporary, architect Lluís Domènech i Mo.  

He built this concert hall in what is known as the modern Catalan style of architecture.  A beautiful concert hall designed with stained glass, colorful tile work and beauty in mind,  Lluís Domènech personally managed the construction of every aspect of this stunning music hall.


In the early 1900s during the time when the Palau was being designed the wealthy citizens of Barcelona were becoming more sympathetic toward the revival of Renaixença, the Catalan language and culture and asked Lluís Domènech to use building materials and techniques that symbolized the Catalan character.  

In response, he commissioned and gave great creative freedom to a variety of local artisans and craftsmen to produce all the beautiful ornamentation and decorative structural elements for which the Palau is famous.


The design of the Palau is typical of a style called Catalan modernism in that curves predominate over straight lines and rich decorations that emphasize floral and other organic motifs are used extensively.


Spanish and Arabic Influence

The Palau’s architecture incorporates many elements from traditional Spanish and Arabic architecture such as exposed red brick and iron, mosaics, stained glass, and glazed tiles that were all chosen and placed in just the right spaces to give a feeling of openness and transparency.


The concert hall seat over 2000 people and is the only auditorium in Europe that is illuminated during the day entirely by natural light.  

The walls on two sides consist primarily of stained-glass panels and a giant skylight of stained glass designed by Antoni Rigalt in shades of gold and blue is meant to evoke the sun and sky.


The Palau de Musica Catalana is a quick visit that requires no more than an hour to explore. Here one can even buy tickets to attend a concert at this gorgeous music hall.


Situated close to the popular Gothic Quarter one can easily combine a visit to Palau with lunch and a stroll in this picturesque area.


Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, Spain


6 thoughts on “Palau de la Música Catalana. Barcelona, Spain”

  1. i’m catching up with your fab trip to spain and esp loving your barcelona trip. barcelona was my first international destination, courtesy of hp, so i was fortunate to have gracious hosts for my first adventure outside of the us. your posts brought back wonderful memories of my trip, especially at this palau de la musica de catalan. we attended a classical quartet concert at this beautiful concert hall. you don’t often read about this venue, so thank you, kalpana, for highlighting it here! i hope to someday return to barcelona and your blog inspires me to go soon 🙂

    1. Hi Joji! So nice to see you hear on my blog!! Yes we did have an amazing time in Spain and you are so right that the Palau de Musical de Catalan is so overlooked on the tourist books on Barcelona. If it werent for Rani even we wouldnt have stopped by this beautiful concert hall. Rani was so bummed that she couldnt see a concert here, but I will have have to tell her that Joji Aunty got to expericne it! She would love to hear all about it. so happy this blog on Spaing brought back fond memories of your trip!! 😘

  2. I am enjoying reading all about your trip to Spain!! Your photos are awesome and I’m loving everybody’s outfits!!

    Your writing is wonderful! So descriptive and your photos are spot on and so enticing!! You can almost compile it as a book. You have such a talent – your blog will act as a lifestyle archive. How lucky is your family!👍🏼😊🥰

    1. Thank you so much Rose, you are always so kind with your words 😘! So happy to hear you are enjoying my Spain travel logs!! It really was a fun trip despite being so hot, strangely we get used to it after a couple of days and with all the trees around there, the shade helps a lot too. You will love your upcoming trip to Spain!!! Can’t wait to hear all about your experiences. 🥰😘

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